Effective January 01, 2021, The California Family Rights Act (CFRA) has new updates. Here is what employers need to know moving forward.

  • Employers with five or more employees will be required to comply with the CFRA (previously, 50 or more employees).
  • There is no longer a 50-employee/75-mile requirement for employee eligibility.
  • Employees are now allowed to take leave to care for the following family members with a serious health condition:
    • A child, regardless of age or dependency status, including the child of a domestic partner (The definition of “child” no longer requires that the child be either under 18 years of age or an adult-dependent)
    • A grandparent (i.e., a parent of the employee’s parent)
    • A grandchild (i.e., a child of the employee’s child)
    • A sibling (i.e., a person related to another person by blood, adoption, or affinity through a common legal or biological parent)
    • A domestic partner (previously was only covered in the regulations)
  • Eliminates the CFRA’s limitation on the amount of leave parents may take to bond with a new child when the same employer employs both parents.
  • Eliminates the provision that allowed an employer to deny reinstatement to key employees.
  • Employees will be permitted to take leave for reasons related to a family member’s covered active duty in the US Armed Forces.
  • Parents who work for the same employer will each be entitled to take 12 weeks of leave for a child’s birth or placement (previously, the limit was 12 weeks combined).

Here’s what you need to do now to prepare

  • Update your employee handbook and leave of absence policies.
  • Ensure you are tracking employee hire dates and hours worked for leave eligibility purposes.
  • Prepare and update your CFRA required employee leave notices and letters.
  • Train your managers, supervisor, and HR professionals on your new leave process.

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